The central issue in bioenergetics (the study of energy transformations in living systems) is the means by which energy from fuel metabolism or light capture is coupled to a cell's energy-requiring reactions. In thinking about energy coupling, it is useful to consider a simple mechanical example, as shown in Figure 1-26a. An object at the top of an inclined plane has a certain amount of potential energy as a result of its elevation. It tends to slide down the plane, losing its potential energy of position as it approaches the ground. When an appropriate string-and-pulley device couples the falling object to another, smaller object, the spontaneous downward motion of the larger can lift the smaller, accomplishing a
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